Dead causes WWE legend Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies aged 63 – 1st television broadcast WWE’s since the death of Jim Neidhart kicked off with a major segment that began with its focus squarely on “The Anvil.” half of the hugely popular Hart Foundation tag team
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Ronda Rousey made her way out to the ring to build up her match with Alexa Bliss at this Sunday’s SummerSlam show, but the first section of her promo concentrated on Natalya and the death of her father.
An emotional Rousey focused in on calling fathers the “pillars” of a family and mentioned that they raise their children to take up that position when they are no longer with us. The crowd cheered as Rousey sent out well wishes to Natalya, who has been partnered with Rousey on screen virtually since she began on the main roster. She closed by saying, “Stay strong, we all love you.”
He began his ring career after playing professional football with the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys and was trained by WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart in the infamous Hart Dungeon in Calgary. He earned his ring nickname, The Anvil, after winning an anvil throwing contest.
Neidhart married Stu’s daughter, Ellie, to become a member of the legendary Hart Family before making the move to WWE along with Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart, Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith when WWE purchased Stu Hart’s Calgary Stampede Wrestling territory.
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Neidhart received a loud ovation from the live crowd following the video’s airing, and there were multiple signs shown in the crowd made in his honor. There’s no doubt that when Natalya is ready to return to live events, she will receive quite a welcome back from the WWE Universe.
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Initially, Neidhart and Hart were managed by Jimmy Hart as The Hart Foundation and went on to win two WWE World Tag Team Championships.
After several years of teaming with Bret’s younger brother, Owen Hart, and some singles competition, The Hart Foundation was re-formed in controversial fashion in 1997. Consisting of Neidhart, Bret, Owen, Smith and Brian Pillman, the pro-Canadian faction stirred United States crowds into a frenzy with their anti-American sermons.
Wrestling blog Cageside Seats tweeted: “Would’ve preferred a graphic and a tribute. He deserved that.
“It feels really disrespectful to try and get Ronda over with Jim Neidhart’s death. I don’t like this at all.”
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‘DISRESPECTFUL’: Rousey’s, (r), tribute to Jim Neidhart, (l), has been slammed by fans
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RESPECT: Many fans wanted a more fitting tribute to The Anvil
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TOUCHING: Jim’s daughter Natalya paid an emotional tribute to her dad
Twitter user Robert agreed, writing: “Incredibly disrespectful to try and get Ronda over with The Anvil’s passing, leading the promo, supposedly about him, into how she’s going to beat Bliss and introduce Ember Moon.”
He went on to call the intro “unnecessary and gross”.
And Lav added: “Especially disrespectful to Natalya. Her dad died not even 10 hours ago. Pay respects, don’t incorporate him into a promo, especially a promo not given by a member of his family.”
Earlier, the official WWE account tweeted: “Celebrating the life and legacy of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart tonight on #RAW.”
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